Back in the mid 1990s when proponents of the Legoland theme park in Carlsbad, California were pressing for votes to get the park approved by City voters they often pointed out that the “little park aimed at kids” would draw tourists from all over the world, because there were only two other Legolands and they were both in Europe.
How things have changed in 20 years. Since opening in 1999 the “little park” in Carlsbad Legoland USA has doubled the number of attractions, added an aquarium, built a hotel, applied to build a second hotel on the property and, oh yeah, built another theme park in Florida on the former grounds of Cypress Gardens. In fact, Legoland (now operated by British theme park mega corp Merlin Entertainments) now has six Legoland parks around the world with their seventh opening in Dubai in October 2016).
Apparently, that’s not enough. The company is now rallying the citizens of Orange County New York to approve the “worlds largest Legoland” in Goshen, New York, according to story in the Times-Union.
Merlin plans to present its plans at a special meeting of the Goshen Town Board at 7:30 p.m. June 14. . . The meeting will be held at the town’s Emergency Services Center, and outline project details for the park. . . The park would be the third in North America. Legoland theme parks already operate near Los Angeles and in Winter Haven, Fla. . . The $800 million project would create 1,500 jobs, according to the Mid-Hudson News Network. The site, off Route 17, is about two hours south of the Capital Region.
The story claims this new park is going to be “massive.” Go get ’em, Merlin. The world needs more theme parks. For the rest of the story, please click the link.
Italian violin wizard Luca Ciarla owns the stage with his fiddle and a few toy instruments. And he’ll be performing this Friday (June 3, 2016) at Carlsbad’s own Museum of Making Music.
Using a looper, he performs all the parts live using the violin to play guitar, cello and percussion parts. In this imaginative landscape Luca sings, whistles, and plays while the music evolves into a dazzling solo string band! The program includes unusual arrangements of Italian folk tunes, music from the Mediterranean and original compositions. . . A native of Termoli, Italy, Luca received his degree in violin performance in 1993 and received his Master’s at Indiana University while studying jazz with David Baker. He completed a doctorate in musical arts at the University of Arizona.
The concert begins at 7:00 PM and tickets are $20 for premium and $15 for general seating. The Museum of Making Music is located at 5790 Armada Drive in Carlsbad, California. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click the link.
[Link: Museum of Making Music]
A new leadership development program for students was announced today as a joint collaboration by the City of Carlsbad, The YouSchool, the Servant Leadership Institute, Carlsbad Unified School District and local high school staff. The Carlsbad Student Leader Academy will provide program guides and curricula to address issues affecting youth in Carlsbad and further developing emerging youth leaders through civic education and community projects.
“Carlsbad Student Leader Academy is an exciting collaborative and challenge-based leadership development program,” said Debbie Fountain, the City of Carlsbad’s Housing & Neighborhood Services director. “The goal is to help emerging youth leaders consider their paths for the future and discover more about themselves and the gifts they have to offer the Carlsbad community. We hope to have high school students from throughout the city collaborate and grow together by learning about themselves, how to lead and how to best serve their community.”
For the official word from the City of Carlsbad, please follow the jump.
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This Sunday (June 5, 2016) Tamarack Beach is home to Carlsbad’s own homegrown surf contest the State Beach Classic – a Tribute To Banning Capps.
Bringing the entire community together for a day of family fun, organizers Ulises Thomas and Phil Antonopoulos created the event as a tribute to local professional surfer Banning Capps. A portion of the proceeds raised will benefit the Banning Capps Scholarship Fund, as well as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad.
To contest kicks off with round one of the groms at 7 AM, Sunday, June 5, 2016. For all the official details including heat schedules and an official entry form, please click the link.
[Link: State Beach Classic]
On June 4-5, 2016 the Carlsbad Art Wall at 377 Carlsbad Village Drive, in Carlsbad, California will be home to new mural by San Diego based muralist Gloria Muriel.
Through her art, Gloria creates a portal to her own cosmic dreams and fantasies. She shows us a unique and magical world that exists beyond our reality—a universe in complete harmony with nature. Gloria’s intention is to awaken hearts and open minds to the raw novelty of the present moment. Meditation helps guide her to see the divine presence found in everything that exists. . . Gloria’s murals are often based around the geometries of a face, with lines and patterns borrowed from the natural world — elements of flowing water and sublime vegetation suggest an abundance of growing, healing, and evolving life. Her murals can be found in Mexicali, Tijuana, Guadalajara, Mexico City, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Miami.
For more info on Muriel and the Carlsbad Art Wall, please follow the jump.
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The Carlsbad Music Festival is “super excited” to announce details of the 2016 Village Music Walk.
Join us on Saturday, June 18th from 2:30pm – 10:00pm for a day of adventurous music and fun by the beach. Over 30 amazing performers (click here for all the details) will take the stage at locations around the Village, plus there will be a beer garden, food trucks, an artisan market and much more!
For all the details, please click the link.
[Link: Village Music Walk]
The Village of Carlsbad’s 4th Thursday Art Walk is this Thursday, May 26, 2016 beginning at 5 PM.
Throughout the Village, 20 different locations are waiting to welcome you with light refreshments and fantastic local and regional art ranging from photography, oil, sculpture, woodworking, and so much more!
For more info on what some of the participating businesses have planned, please follow the jump.
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Employees from NRG’s Encina Power Plant took a break from delivering energy to customers, and instead contributed energy to the Carlsbad community through volunteer projects for the company’s annual Global Giving Day.
Crews were sent to two local nonprofits – the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad and La Posada de Guadalupe. At the Boys & Girls Club’s Village Clubhouse, NRG employees spruced up the landscaping, cleaned the gym floor, and washed the Club vans.
“It was absolutely wonderful having those smiling faces helping to make our Clubhouse a better place,” said Club Director Andy Purviance. “As a nonprofit, we rely on the generosity of volunteers to take care of the ‘extra’ touches, and we are thankful to the NRG volunteers who gave their time.”
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The longest-running one-woman show in Broadway history, Golda’s Balcony tells the incredible story of Golda Meir, Israel’s first female prime minister. On the eve of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, in which Egypt and Syria mounted attacks on Israel, Meir reflects upon her life and relives key moments in her political and spiritual development. As she inches closer to nuclear war, Meir must confront the question that has echoed since she took office: what happens when ideology becomes power?
Previews for this New Village Arts presentation begin Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 8pm and continue Sunday, May 29 at 2pm, Thursday, June 2 at 8pm, Friday, June 3 at 8pm and Saturday, June 4 at 8pm. The production will host a soft opening on Sunday, June 5 at 2pm.
The New Village Arts Theatre is located at 2787 State Street, in the heart of the Village of Carlsbad, California. To buy tickets, please click the link.
[Link: New Village Arts Theatre]
Carlsbad is on track to get a new top-end bike service shop in the heart of the Village when Velo Hangar’s Gordon Yeager turns his dream into a reality.
What I’m planning to create is a social spot — a spot where I can sell my VH branded merchandise, but most importantly create a place for all of us to gather, hang out, socialize,” Yeager says. ” That’s why I’m planning to build Velo Hangar SC. It’s part social, part service, it’s all you. Think patio, coffee, chill. Luckily I’ll be sharing space with a top notch locally owned coffee roaster on the premise. My space will be my own though. Solar powered, Eco-friendly, simple. I need help with the construction. The FF&E’s, the cargo container itself.. I will be starting construction in August of 2016. The spot has been secured.
Yeager is inviting everyone to buy in on the rebirth of Velo Hanger with a GoFundMe Campaign. Southern California cyclists have missed Yeager since he and his former business partner closed their popular Solana Beach location. And we’ve missed having a pro cycling mechanic in The Village since Carbon Connection closed last year. Now, with a little help from all of us, Velo Hangar can live again and right in the heart of Carlsbad. To help out, click the link.
[Link: Velo Hangar 3.0]